Out of the countless vegetarian outlets that have ultimately met their demise since I have been blogging in Singapore, one of the eateries I was most disappointed to see close down was the Changi Airport T2 Ananda Bhavan.  This eatery offered a lifeline to vegetarians who were traveling, whether it is tourists or locals.  I lost count the number of times Ananda Bhavan saved my stomach prior to a long haul flight out of Singapore.
Immediately after the closure of Ananda Bhavan, a new Indian eatery opened up in the exact same spot, which goes by the name Chutney Mary Indian Fast Food.  It is important to state straight from the get go, that this eatery is NOT 100% vegetarian.  However, currently as of writing this, it is the best vegetarian option for anyone frequenting Changi Airport.  If I ever eat at a non-vegetarian eatery, then 9 times out of 10 I will always pick an Indian restaurant – Why?  Firstly, even if they are non-vegetarian, usually around 50% of their menu will be vegetarian.  Secondly, Indians understand vegetarian better than anyone on the planet, you simply have to considering almost half your population is vegetarian.  So overall, I feel a lot safer in a non-vegetarian Indian restaurant, compared with anywhere else.  That, as well as the fact I adore Indian food.
Chutney Mary Indian Fast Food
Location: 036-056, Viewing Mall South, Terminal 2, Singapore Changi Airport
Contact: 65472790
Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours a day (never closes)
Number ’29’ – Here I am as officially the last ever customer at Ananda Bhavan Changi Airport on the 10th October 2015.
Chutney Mary are no new face to the Singapore scene, they have an outlet at 719 East Coast Road, which has been running for a few years now.  Moving to their Terminal 2 spot, however, is a huge expansion.

 

There is nice large selection of vegetarian options (Jain/no onion and garlic also) that the customer can choose from.  Similarly to Ananda Bhavan, the options here are certainly more towards South Indian cuisine.  They are known most for their chaat items, which come from all over Indian.  There is pav bhaji from Mumbai, pani puri from Calcutta, papri chaat from Jaipur, and so on.  They pride themselves on bringing an Indian street food style experience – Of course, in the confines of the ultra sterile Singapore.

 

First dish I tried was the Vadai.  Straight off the bat, I have to say I was incredibly impressed with the excellent quality of the chutneys at this eatery.  The white coconut chutney was slightly coarse, but had a tremendous rich and flavourful character.  But it was the tomato chutney, which won my heart.  It was slightly spicy, smooth and went perfect with these vadai. In terms of the vadai, they were fresh, fluffy and had that moreish crisp outer layer.  I could literally eat 20 of these bad boys in one go.
Price: $4.00.     8/10

 

 

Next up was the Masala Dosai.  For those who are regular readers of my blog, you will know I was quite picky when it comes to eating dosai.  In my eyes, a dosai should be neither too soft nor too brittle in texture.  Instead, it must reach a perfect balance right in-between those two textures.  The dosai at Chutney Mary comes pretty close to that ideal texture, and has that lovely slightly sour taste that dosai is known for.  I would have ideally liked to have seen the dosai cooked for a little longer, as it was a tad too pale for my liking.  Inside the dosai, the potato masala was slightly spicy, and while not at the amazing level of of Murugan Idli, it is still certainly a decent masala.  This, combined with those mouth-watering chutney’s once again, made for a thoroughly satisfying experience.
Price: $5.50.     8/10
Conclusion – Ananda Bhavan may be gone, but we have got ourselves a pretty excellent replacement.  Yes, I would prefer the eatery to be 100% vegetarian, but beggars can’t be choosers.  In terms of the quality of the vegetarian food at Chutney Mary, I have to say I was very impressed, and am certainly planning to frequent this restaurant whenever I am flying in and out of Singapore in the future.
Overall Rating
Food – 8/10
Ambiance- 8/10
Service – 8/10
Value – 7/10